Four PhD studentships for VLIRUOS project ‘Damage assessment tools for Structural Health Monitoring of Vietnamese infrastructures’

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In the framework of a VLIRUOS collaborative project between Ghent University (Belgium) and The University of Transport and Communications (Vietnam), four PhD-studentship positions are available. The candidates will work between the two countries and possibility obtaining a joined PhD degree between the two  universities.  

In the framework of a VLIRUOS collaborative project between Ghent University (Belgium) and The University of Transport and Communications (Vietnam), four PhD-studentship positions are available. The candidates will work between the two countries and possibility obtaining a joined PhD degree between the two  universities.  


Project description: 
The Vietnamese civil infrastructures, such as bridges and dams, may suffer from damage due to service loads, environmental and accidental actions, and natural hazards. Recent reports on structural collapse of infrastructures in Vietnam, which caused many causalities, indicate the importance of health monitoring of such structures. Unfortunately, there is no sufficient funding allocated for the management and condition monitoring of the existing infrastructures in Vietnam. A recent successfully completed South Initiatives (2014) project has considered experimental vibration measurements on Vietnamese bridges and dams for the purpose of damage assessment. This TEAM project  is a continuation of the completed South Initiatives project and will investigate the use of advanced numerical damage assessment techniques to develop tools to evaluate and monitor the health 
of these infrastructures.  Novel damage assessment tools that make use of the already measured experimental data to detect and localize damages will be developed. These tools will be generic and can be applied to any Vietnamese infrastructure.

Profile: 
  Master degree in Materials, Civil, Mechanical Engineering or equivalent degree. 
  Experiences in vibration analysis and numerical modelling. 
  Fluent in English and programming languages.  

Scholarship Salary: 

The value of the scholarship  will depend on the country of stay during the PhD programme. In Belgium, scholarship  at Ghent University depends on the researcher’s family situation.  In Vietnam, the standards for scholarships are applicable.  

Application: 
Please email your CV with the contact details of two references and a letter of motivation explaining your vision regarding the research topic to:   
- Professor Magd Abdel Wahab, Magd.AbdelWahab@UGent.be, Soete Laboratory, Ghent University 
- Dr. Bui Tien Thanh, btthanh@utc.edu.vn, UTC, Vietnam